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involved. that's what's making news in america this morning. >> stay with us for "good morning america." i'm terry mcsweeney live in san francisco. pg&e now says many of the documents requested by the p.u.c. about a pipeline will never be found. testing those pipes could make a situation worse. the story coming up in a live report. >> also this morning, a plan that will change the view at san francisco bay take a step forward. the san francisco planning commission approves the plan to go with high-rises, homes and businesses on treasure island. >> good morning. we are looking at downtown san francisco. we're off to a clear start this morning, cooler conditions. high clouds on the increase this afternoon. it will bring us rain over the weekend. >> sue hall in for frances. good friday and so far, so good on the road.
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we have snow on the sierra. i'll tell you about chain requirements coming up. >> anger over the iphone and ipad tracking software is growing. member of congress and privacy group demand to know why the devices are secretly collecting users' every move. good friday morning. 4:31 a.m. it is good friday. kristen is off today. i'm eric thomas. in the news this morning, a tough response from pg&e to demands it produced a missing gas pipeline safety document. state regulators asked for that after last fall deadly san bruno fire. pg&e now says the documents may never be found. that's not all they're saying. abc7's terry mcsweeney live at the san francisco offices of the state public utility commission. terry? >> pg&e is now saying that it is never going to find some of the documents about the older pipes. to test those pipes could make the pipes weaker than they are right now. take a look at video provided by pg&e about how
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those pipes would be tested by shooting water through them. utility says to properly test 700 miles of pipe is an expensive proposition. it plans to test 100 miles of pipe. that will cost between $100,000 and $500,000. that's per mile. pg&e says it would talk five years to do that testing. it would also weaken the lines because of the high pressure used in that testing. look at this video. truck loads of documents. pg&e says it will never find document for older pipeline requested by the p.u.c.. the request was made when it was discovered that pg&e records incorrectly described the condition of the pipe that blew up in san bruno back in september. killing eight people. pg&e says if regulate torse don't go along with
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assumptions for the older pipe, which it has no documents for, it may withdrawal the offer to pay $3 million in fines and provide more documents in august. the p.u.c. is formulating the response. live in san francisco, terry mcsweeney, abc7 news. >> thank you very much. pg&e's top exective is finally given in. the ceo peter darby announced he is resigning and will step down at the end of the month. critics applaud the move and at the same time voice outrage over his retirement package. abc7's lilian kim has more. >> reporter: six years after becoming ceo and president of pg&e, peter darby is stepping down. mark tony said darby's resignation is long overdue. >> there was a lack of organizational discipline. we feel just the company that was not well run. we feel profits were put in front of people, that's where the shortcuts came from.
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>> the apparent shortcuts are what critics of pg&e say led to september pipeline explosion in san bruno. eight people were killed in the fire. dozens of homes were destroyed. since that disaster, pg&e's sloppy record-keeping has come to light. as well as questionable maintenance practices, which is why many people are outraged that darby will be leaving with an eight-figure golden parachute. according to a regulatory requirement submitted last month his retirement total will total $1 million. >> that's not right. why should she resign and get money? i don't think so. >> reporter: consumer groups plan to block the retirement package and make sure the shareholders not the rate payers will pay for it. as to who will replace darby, assemblyman jerry hill says he hopes the pg&e board of directors brings in an outsider. >> the culture starts at the top. to change that culture, we have to change the leadership.
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>> reporter: lilian kim, abc7 news. it's 4:34 now. the san francisco planning commission voted late last night to move forward with the treasure island project. the "san francisco examiner" reports the plan is set to go before two board of supervisor committees last month. i would include 8,000 homes and apartments, business district, organic farms and several parks. critics say treasure island sits between two major faults and geologists say it could liquefy in a major earthquake. >> the thing on top of one of the most dangerous earthquake faults in the bay area, we're going to build high-rises and organic garden on top of toxic soil. who is kidding who? >> there is 120, $130 million geo-technical and seismic stability program. in addition to that, we will be raising the grade to address potential future sea level rise. >> another issue facing the project is traffic. there is just one exit and one entrance linking
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treasure island to the bay bridge. the plan does include frequent ferry service and dedicated bus lane on the bridge. san francisco muni operators are scheduled to begin voting on whether to authorize a strike if ne-iation with the -- negotiation with city transportation officials break down. the municipal transportation agency have been in contract talks for several weeks. muni operators will be voting today through next thursday. strike authorization by workers doesn't mean there will be a walk-out but it allows the union option to call one. city law does not allow operators to strike, but the union says the rule is open to interpretation. 4:36 now. three convicted sex offenders are in custody this morning in santa clara county, for violating the terms of their parole. the sheriff department and several other agencies search the homes and computers of registered sex offenders yesterday. police say three parolees were found in violation and arrested. according to the sheriff department, there are 3,500
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registered sex offenders in santa clara county. in san francisco, ucsf police are searching for a suspect who sexually assaulted a woman last friday. investigators released now a sketch of the suspect. described as a white male, approximately 5'7", thin to medium build, short, brownish curly hair. he had a slight speech impediment, possibly due to lower lip piercing or possible tongue piercing. the assault happened around 11:00 on lincoln way and third avenue. this morning, at least two lawmakers are sending letters to apple ceo steve jobs to find out what the company does if anything with data collected by iphones and ipads that track the owner movement. privacy watchdogs are demanding answers from apple as to why the hand-held mobile devices are secretly collecting location data on
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users. security experts say there is no evidence that the cupertino-based company has access to the data. >> it's not tracking. it's generating a data to facilitate certain operation on the phone. there are certain laws in the country that would prohibit someone from tracking somebody through a cell phone without any other kind of court order. >> the security expert says it's easy for an iphone user to turn off the gps tracking function on their phone if they want to. earlier in week, researchers released a report at a technology conference in santa clara questioning how much privacy a smart phone user surrenders by carrying the device. 4:38 on a friday morning. say that again. it's friday morning. time to check in with mike for a look at the forecast. mike? >> hey, good morning, eric. thank you very much. good morning to you also. waking up to mainly clear conditions and cooler weather as we talked about. storm track bumping north today. see the increase in the high clouds.
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that will come in, in the afternoon hours and cap the temperatures below average once again. antioch is one degree warmer than yesterday. but livermore, san jose, los gatos and napa, all double-digit. ten or 11 degrees cooler. redwood city, nine. not bad in oakland and san francisco. only one degree cooler than yesterday. stepping out, 50 in mountain view. concord. 52 in antioch. 40 in napa. 41 in santa rosa and half moon bay. rest of us in the mid-to-upper 40s. break down friday. the temperatures will be close to where they are right now. at 8:00. a whole lot of sunshine. then we will start to see the high clouds increase in the lunch hour. the temperatures in the mainly upper 50s to the low 60s. we could lag behind in oakland at 56 degrees. by 4:00 in the afternoon, most of us in the low to mid-60s. even a few upper 60s showing up around antioch. mid-to-upper 50s around half moon bay and san francisco. some drizzle is possible tonight. next system draws near. scattered light rain possible tomorrow. less than a tenth of an
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inch. nothing to change plans over again. there could be sprinkles sunday morning and increasing sunshine. slight chance of a shower on monday and again on wednesday. good morning, sue. already having problems this morning? >> we have a problem in san jose. not really affecting traffic too much. but something to let you know about. there is an accident, san jose northbound 101 between tennet and dunn blocking the right lane. they don't expect it to be cleared out until 5:00 this morning. southbound 280, a garbage spill. this is san jose approaching 11th street. garbage scattered in lanes there. just be aware. take a look at the bay bridge toll plaza. very light this morning. while we do that, i'll tell you that there is snow in the sierra. no chain controls at this hour. wide loads are prohibited. eastbound 80 between truckee and nevada state line. >> thank you. 4:40 now. his facebook page helped top exec. what he hopes to do in
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good morning. 4:43 on the abc7 morning news here on good friday. you are looking live from the sutro cam toward san francisco and the bay bridge there. traffic, if you look, you can see the tiny headlights streaming in san francisco. things are okay there. there are trouble spots that sue hall is tracking. she will tell you more about it coming up. more news for you now. this morning, arizona senator john mccain is in the libyan city of benghazi meeting with the rebel leaders. he's the top republican on the senate armed service committee and highest american official so far to visit rebel-held east. mccain has been critical of the president's decision to allow nato to enforce the u.n.-ordered no-fly zone. meantime, president obama approved the use of unmanned drone to attack government ground forces in libya.
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he went from corporate manager to activist. this morning, the man credited with sparking the egyptian revolution is here in the bay area. now, he has a new mission. here is abc7's lisa amin gulezian with the man who became the face of the democracy movement. >> i amen egyptian who thought of doing things different way. >> he's many things. google exec, activist and top of the time magazine list of 100 most influential people in the world because of this. the political revolution in egypt that let to ousting of hosni mubarak. this 30-year-old became symbolic leader of change organizing the first massive protest in tahir square, through a facebook page. he came to plug and play,
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start-up incubator to talk about it. >> a tool to educate people on what is going on and how bad the situation is. never envision it would happen but it did. while he is in silicon valley for several days with a focus to rebuild egypt to get local v.c. to invest there. >> it means change from chaos and into empathy. >> ghonim has high hopes for the visit. he is meeting with managers at facebook and twitter to discuss ways to build more arabic-friendly tools. in sunnyvale, lisa amin gulezian, abc7 news. >> if you would like to hear wael speak he will be at stanford tonight for a speech at 7:30. 4:45 now. california water managers have welcome news for farmers coming up.
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gas prices up again. could it be gouging? i'm emily schmidt in washington. what president obama plans to do about it coming up. >> also, labor pain. rapidly expanding bay area supermarket chain. why workers launched a two-day hunger strike. pesticide warning. researchers uncover not one, but three reasons it can affect the intelligence of children. medicare. it doesn't cover everything.
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possibility of bumpy weather across the country today. flight tracker abc7news.com will track delays when they develop. >> thank you. 4:49. hundreds of thousands of christian pilgrims are in jerusalem to mark good friday. today is the day christians commemorate jesus crucifixion in the city 2,000 years ago. many gather in jerusalem to retrace the last steps leading to the ancient church. revered as the site where he was buried and resurrected. drivers across the country trying to cope with the rising gas prices the president is taking steps to make sure the reason doesn't include illegal activity. emily schmidt has a closer look at the problem. >> at gas prices at three-year high, the commuters feel the number crunch. >> 50-mile plus round trip, over $100 a week easy.
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>> nationwide it's $3.84 a gallon and climbing. >> everybody is complaining. they know we're not the cause. >> yesterday, the president announced attorney general eric holder will put together a task force to investigate potential price gouging. >> we are going to make sure that nobody is taking advantage of american consumers. for their own short-term gain. >> mr. obama says the long-term solution is clean energy. just yesterday, the electric power nissan leaf won the world car of the year. but that is little help in the short-term. gas station owners say people spending more on gas are buying less of other things. they're working to get people in to convenience stores. other habits are changing, too. more interest in motorcycles. bus ridership in palm desert california is up 14% in a month. fuel-efficient cars are selling fast. >> in february, we sold 18. and on this month here we're on track to sell 40 kia.
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>> crude oil is $112 a barrel, up 84 cents in one day. that could translate to 3 cents a gallon more at your next fill-up. emily schmidt, abc news, washington. 4:51 now. california water regulators are boosting the water allegation to 80% of what agriculture and other large water users are asking for. the department of water resources says rainfall in california is at 116% of average for this time of year. and the snow pack is -- get this -- 167% of average. but the department says california is aging reservoirs and storage facilities are ill-equipped to capture all the runoff spring water will reduce. they have to release excess water to prevent overflows. since we have a lot of supply, law of supply and demand says we'll pay more. wait, there is something wrong with that. >> it doesn't work. >> no. >> never does when -- never mind. [ laughter ] talk about what is going on
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weather wise as we head to the holiday weekend. >> we should pay less when there is high supply but it doesn't seem to work in water situation. >> not with utilities, does it? gas, electricity, water. all right. we are looking at s.f.o.. clear sky. not expecting any flight arrival delays here. as we talked about, flight tracker will cover anything when you are flying our friendly skies. abc7news.com. let's talk temperatures. since it's clear this morning, it is cooler. only mountain view, concord, antioch in the 50s. we have low to mid-40s in the north bay valleys and along the coast. we have mid-to-upper 40s around the bay shore. we have mid-40s around the mont mont bay and inland to salinas. 39 in gilroy. the cool spot. we'll talk about how we are going to see increasing clouds today. as we are between systems. even with a cool start, we will see a nice warming trend with antioch one of the warmer spots. 70 today. rest of the east bay valley in the mid-to-upper 60s. heading to the east bay
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shore, richmond at 62. warm up to 65 in fremont and castro valley. in south bay, mid-to-upper 60s in campbell and los gatos, 68 degrees. low to mid-60s on the peninsula. we have mid-to-upper 50s along the coast to near 60 in downtown south san francisco. also saucelito. mid-to-upper 60s through the north bay valley. mid-to-upper 50s at your beaches. as you head over toward the monterey bay, we have the low to mid-60s. carmel at 58. they'll have mid-to-upper 60s inland around salinas and over toward gilroy. for the state today, look at 70s. chico, sacramento, 74 in fresno. theta he, 50, with -- tahoe, 50. 71 in l.a., san diego. sunny 82 in palm springs. nlds, remember that last year? we took on the braves. back in town. 7:15 first pitch at at&t park. partly cloudy. kind of cool. temperature at 59. dropping down to 54. with the cloud cover tonight, i don't think it will be as cool this
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morning. mid-to-upper 40s. santa rosa, 42 degrees. here is what is happening outside. high pressure, shoved to the north. as the next system starts to move in. you can see the high clouds riding the jetstream in our neighborhood in the afternoon hours. this unsettled pattern will mainly hit northern california and just glance us. so let's see how much of a glance it will be. here we are today. watch increase in clouds in the afternoon. in the evening hours. and overnight. by 8:00, we are seeing a few sprinkles develop along the coast to the higher elevation of the north bay. you can see how the light rain is scattered throughout the afternoon. then overnight, really think this is worse than it's going to be. it looks worse. you can see a lot of radar returns but maybe sprinkles. at 8:00. sunday morning. maybe a little light dew on the grass for easter egg hunt. by sunday afternoon, we should have high clouds and sunshine. rainfall amount should be less than a tenth of an
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inch. accuweather seven-day forecast -- temperatures will seesaw with cloud cover and slight chance of rain. look for warmer weather and breezy next week. good morning, sue. good morning. >> good morning, mike. roadwork. not much slowing but be aware of that. accident due to be cleared from the lane at 5:00. morgan hill. northbound 101 between tenet and dunn. the right lane blocked there. san jose, garbage in lanes. garbage spill, southbound 280 past 87. eastbound 580. non-commute direction. an accident cleared out of the lane. all mass transit is running on time. bart, ace, caltrain, muni no, problems. look at walnut creek. southbound 680, moving well toward the 24 junction. before you leave the house, good friday. abc7news.com will have all your details. just click on the bay area traffic. eric? >> sue, thank you. 4:55 now. former workers at a south bay grocery chain launched a hunger strike over losing their jobs. they claim pueblo food
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center laid off 300 employees in january. the same time, the company is opening new stores. me pueblo says the layoff numbered 150. groups met with management but they made no progress. one hunger striker says losing his job has hurt his family. >> i got five kids. and then my wife. seven people. >> still no work? >> no, no work yet. >> i haven't found anything. >> spokeswoman for me pueblo says union organizing evident is behind the hunger strike. the former employees deny that. a new powerful -- let me go back to something else. sorry. three new studies warn pregnant women exposed to common pesticides risk having babies with lower i.q.s. researchers at u.c. berkeley, columbia and cornell find above average exposure to pesticide link
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to drop in i.q. by seven points by second grade. they're used on everything from fruit and vegetable to insect and weeds. >> one of my concerns is why we are not in a position to identify the hazards earlier before we have exposed a couple of generations of general. >> experts urge pregnant women to diligently wash fruits and vegetables and west-case scenario -- best-case scenario why pesticide-free organic produce. next at 5:00 -- double check your doors and windows. the warning going out to homeowners in a peninsula community. >> i'm terry mcsweeney live in san francisco, where pg&e is telling the public utility commission, the documents they request about the condition of their gas pipelines are nowhere to be found and will never be found. the story coming up in a live report. >> and the huge bay area landmark that is about to come down one piece at a time.
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